If you’ve accumulated a large amount of garden waste, then you may find yourself searching for ‘cheap skip hire near me’. But what exactly is involved in hiring a skip for garden waste? Here’s your ultimate guide to everything you need to consider when looking for cheap skip hire for garden waste.
What is garden waste?
Ok, this seems a silly question, but it’s important to fully understand what does and doesn’t classify as garden waste. Broadly speaking, garden waste covers turf, grass, twigs, soil, weeds, flowers, plants and leaves. When you’re hiring a skip, garden waste can also include heavier materials such as concrete slabs, bricks, rubble, garden furniture and other hard materials.
How much time will you need?
Getting everything ready for a skip can take a lot of time, especially if you’re dealing with garden waste. But knowing how long the job will take is vital if you’re planning on hiring a skip, as it will tell you how long you need the skip hire for.
When planning how long the job will take, consider your working pace and the weight of the waste that needs to be put into the skip.
If you’re unsure of how much time it will all take, try completing a small section of the job, timing how long it takes and multiply based on the size of the rest of your garden.
How big a skip do you need?
Skips come in all shapes and sizes, choosing the right size for your garden waste can be difficult. If in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of caution and order a size larger than you think. The last thing you want is to have a skip that cannot contain all of your garden waste.
Kent Skips offer a wide range of skip sizes, starting at two yards and going all the way up to 12 yards.
Do you need a permit?
This depends on whether you can store your skip on private land or whether it needs to be in a public space, such as on the roadside.
It’s not always easy to know whether you’ll need a permit, as you may not be sure if the skip will fit on your driveway or in your garden. Kent Skips can assist you with any permit issues and include this in your quote.
What are the benefits of skip hire for garden waste?
Of course, you don’t have to hire a skip for garden waste removal. There are other options out there such as a man with a van or HIPPO bags. But there are some key benefits in hiring a skip for garden waste:
Convenience – Compared to other waste disposal methods, skips are a lot easier to fill and you can load them with a wide variety of materials. Also, skips can easily fit on most driveways and gardens, so permits are rarely required.
Size options – Due to the wide range of skip sizes offered by Kent Skips you can always find the right skip size for your garden waste. This is great for ensuring you don’t pay more than is necessary.
Environmentally friendly – Separating garden waste into the correct waste streams can be a lengthy and tricky task. Skip hire companies such as Kent Skips can do the hard work for you by separating your waste into the appropriate streams. This makes skip hire a very environmentally friendly method for garden waste disposal.
What else do you need to know?
Always wear gloves – Garden waste can involve toxic materials, sharp edges and/or hazardous materials. Make sure you wear sturdy garden gloves when loading your skip.
Wear safety boots – The last thing you want to do is drop a heavy slab or piece of furniture on your foot. Wearing steel toe cap boots can help prevent serious injuries.
Speak to the council before burning waste – You might be tempted to just burn some of your garden waste. This could be a sensible option, but there are risks involved. Not least the potential for a fine of up to £5,000.
How Kent Skips can help
Kent Skips have over 30 years of experience in skip hire. We are a friendly, family-run business covering South and North Suffolk. If you are looking for skip hire in Ipswich, we can offer you a reliable and competitively priced service. Contact us now to find out how we can help.